Thursday, March 29, 2007

msb-0130 Funk On Down

msb-0130 Funk On Down


C'mon. I've visitors from Québec and from France.

Who's been on from "Paris, alors, hein?"

I've got visitors from Germany.

Who's been on from "Viesbaden?" (My old stomping/touring ground. [I walked the legs off of two US Marines, {one of which was my ex-brother-in-law,} and left them downing some brews after "schlepping" all day, at the "Huise Betty", while I went for a li'l walk 'round the neighborhood. :-])

Its like I'm facing a "wall of silence".

I'm stopping with the offers for the "Français" and for the "Deutch" for a while.

Meanwhile I'm having some success with the Dutch and the Greeks. I'm happy, so ptbtbtpth!

The language of diplomacy, being French of course, and the language of philosophy, being German of course, can take a bit longer, because they certainly are.

---- "Been So Long " by: "Uniao Black"

comes first, so...

Jana was in touch.

She's my wife's friend who is the most recently diagnosed person we know.

[expletive deleted]!

I think I've got to develop better people skills.

I tried to be soothing and optimistic but we all know where I am in the disease progression scale of things.

We'll see if I was or not.

Drop her an email of concern to show her that she doesn't have to feel so friggin' alone:

BobbyandShirlett at

In the meantime, the rest of you are conspicuously absent from feedback.


I'm back to a twice weekly schedule (and I have shows ready for a while, [There's a lot of good bands out there.])

I'm heading back to work full time.

Actually by the time this show gets up for you'ze all to download, I'll have been back managing and coordinating a testing project across twelve time zones, full time for two days already.

Being a project manager means that I get to ladle out a gumbo of mumbo jumbo.

---- "Mumbo Jumbo " by: "B.D. Lenz"

Feed forward comes next, so...

Wha, haa! ... Nobody's got anything they want to share with all of you.

Oh well... Its my turn again, I guess.

This week, I got an e-Book called "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee, ISBN: 0-312-71234-0.

Its a fascinating read on the current state of the art in neuro- and cognitive-science.

Its an e-book so its useless if you don't use a computer (but since we're ALL using computers now, every last one of us, I don't feel bad about mentioning it.)

But you've got to be an AI geek to get the the full benefit.

(There's more about pimply-faced geekdom coming up on the next show.)

---- "
Oh Face " by: "Beau Hall"

Feed Me! come third, so...

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---- "
Whachukumherefo" by: "GrooveHead"

Main Topic: Funk On Down.

Some days I just feel funky and some days I feel "Funky!".

This is is a day when I feel
"Funky!". (Hey, they are rare enough to savor when I chance upon one.)

Life used to be made of panoramas and vistas that unfolded in front of me, like the view from atop a mountain.

Miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles.

Now I'm older and its more like the view from the floor of the great Western desert (how did that change in perspective occur?) and now the mountains are starting to loom closer.

Being lame just means that I'm leaving two furrows in the sand as I'm being dragged along, inexorably, towards them.

But the fact is that I'm going just as fast or as slowly as the rest of us.

I just can't "dance" to the post anymore.

---- "
Factory " by: "Junkstar"

Main topic, part "deux":

Part of my own problems is that I am "not" stuck in one place.

Life moves on and so have I.

My MS is just part of the fabric of my life, part of the woof and warp of my life.

It may be less of a life than what could have been otherwise, (I used to be a good musician, guitarist, dancer, orator, uh, lots of things that I used to take for granted.)

But some other things have taken their place.

Okay, they're a lot more cerebral.

But they're the things that are left for me to do, left for me to "be".

I really don't feel like revisiting the symptoms, the litany of aches and pains that all MSers are stuck with.

Guess what?

Everybody's got aches and pains.

Ours may be more severe that most; the symptoms may be weirder than most; the phantom that haunt us may be more chilling than most; the locations may be more screwy than most, but that's "our" cross to bear.

I'm going to STFU and just let the next song just take us all over.

If one of the voices sounds familiar, it should.

Its Peter Gabriel singing a duet with Angelique Kidjo.

I haven't heard him singing as sweetly in years.

Here now is "Salala".

---- "
Salala featuring Peter Gabriel" by: "Angelique Kidjo"



Miss Chris said...

I thought I was the only one who thought they felt "funky". It's such a perfect word because it can encompass so many things. And you know I've got a bunch of "things".

Charles-A. Rovira said...

Well, its also a nod to me roots, post-hippies-folk-singing, pre-seventies-dance-music-"Saturday Night Fever".

Slide me right into what "Alice Cooper" was actually about.